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How Can Co-living Spaces Help People With Depression?


Mark Galieo

Vybeliving #232 Mission Street


12 Mar 2020

Co-living Spaces

Depression is a severe mood disorder that affects how people function in their day-to-day lives and how they interact with their environment. It’s not just ‘sadness’, as many seem to think. Though it differs for everyone, depression is usually related to a feeling of persistent melancholy, anxiety, or emptiness. According to WHO, more than 264 million individuals are affected by depression globally. 

Contrary to what you may believe, people can’t just ‘snap out of’ depression when they want. Only those who’re living with this disorder could possibly understand its implications on their lives. More than the external world, it affects their perceptions and what they think or believe. People suffering from depression often experience a sense of hopelessness, irritability, and pessimism, which impacts their ability to carry out the simplest of tasks sometimes. They shy away from social interactions and prefer staying inside. It’s often marked with an increase in fatigue, even if they’re getting proper rest.

Depression makes simple tasks like making decisions, doing chores, or interacting with people burdensome. So, how can co-living help in this situation?

1.    You don’t have to look for roommates

It’s essential to have support from your roommates when you’re going through tough times, but finding like-minded people who are able to understand and respect your needs is a task in itself. Based on the information you provide them, co-living spaces pre-screen roommates for you to suit your needs according to the information you provide them. This could be particularly helpful for individuals going through depression, as they can put such worries behind them and focus on their health.

2.    There are a lot of community events

It’s not just your roommates that co-living helps you find; it can connect you with a supportive community where you can be yourself and participate as much (or as little) as you want. Co-living spaces regularly organize various events that can help discover like-minded individuals, which allows people to interact in an environment they’re comfortable in, with no judgment. These community events also help people living with depression deal with loneliness and gain back their confidence in participating in social activities.

3.    You don’t need to worry about moving and maintenance

Depression is often characterized by a lack of energy and a sense of fatigue that can prevent you from carrying out important daily tasks and chores. Moving in is stressful for anyone, but people dealing with depression are hit the hardest due to its challenges. Co-living helps ease this process by taking care of all the worries that come with moving in, such as furniture, utilities, all the supplies you need for your new home, and more. What’s more co-living spaces also have the staff to help with all the maintenance tasks that take up so much time of renters, like getting the plumbing fixed or making sure the WiFi’s always up and running.

The main reason co-living is so good for people suffering from depression is the ease they bring into life and the support it provides. Comprised mostly of a younger crowd, they’re safe spaces for individuals from all walks of life. Here, you’ll get support from both the diverse community that it’s made up of and the co-living team to ensure you’re able to have a peaceful and comfortable living environment.

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